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Rafting in Nepal: An Adventure of a Lifetime

Gliding through the breathtaking river gorge, navigating the powerful rapids and swaying through the gushing torrents! Can you picture yourself filled with anticipation and exhilaration? That’s precisely why you should put  “Rafting in Nepal” in your bucket list.

Nepal’s natural beauty extends far beyond the majestic Himalayas. The abundant rivers and water resources for sure will leave you spellbound. From tranquil scenic floats, to fast-paced white-water rapids, rafting in Nepal promises wilderness and unforgettable memories. With over 6000 rivers across the country, rafting is one of the must-do-adventures for people eager to seek a thrill far from the chaotic cities and busy life.

In this blog, we will delve into some popular and mighty rivers that offer rapid water and a view of stunning natural landscapes in the world of white-water rafting.


Experience the ferocious Trishuli River like never before!

Trishuli as seen from past decades is the most accessible river for rafting. Named after the trident of Lord Shiva “Trishul”, Trishuli offers a blend of serenity and flow. Originating from the majestic Langtang Himal, Trishuli promises a fun-filled ride.

Conveniently located just a 2.5- 3-hour drive from Kathmandu, Trishuli is the ideal choice for a quick rafting getaway. You can also plan for this rafting if you are on a multi-day expedition. Prepare to be enchanted by the spectacular sights along the way, including the breathtaking landscapes, the Manakamana cable car, and stunning temples that dot the route.

Trishuli’s allure lies not only in its accessibility but also in its rapids that cater to all skill levels. From gentle class II and class III rapids for beginners to heart-pounding class IV rapids for the seasoned thrill-seekers, there’s an edge-of-your-seat experience waiting for everyone. And the best part? After you’ve conquered the river, you’ll find yourself conveniently close to the captivating destinations of Chitwan and Pokhara, ready for further exploration.

Bhote Koshi

If you’re a fan of rafting, you definitely shouldn’t miss out on the experience of rafting in the Bhotekoshi River. The river is widely used for both rafting and kayaking and has maintained its popularity for many years. It is a league of its own for short white-water rafting near Kathmandu. The Bhotekoshi River is a significant part of Nepal’s Koshi river system and serves as the upper course of the Sun Koshi River.

To embark on this gripping journey, you’ll only need a four-hour drive from Kathmandu to reach the starting point. Hop in a private vehicle and make your way to Baseri, the gateway to this adrenaline-fueled experience. Bhotekoshi is particularly renowned for its steepness, making it a preferred destination for adventurous rafting enthusiasts.

While the Bhotekoshi river may not offer the picturesque mountain vistas as some other rivers, fear not! Along the way, you can make a pit stop in Dhulikhel and feast your eyes upon awe-inspiring mountain views that will take your breath away. As you navigate through narrow gorges, be prepared to face a series of intense Class III and IV rapids that will surely get your nerve wracking.


Brace yourself for an extraordinary escapade on the renowned Karnali River, the epitome of white-water rafting in Nepal and a top choice for adventure enthusiasts. Standing tall as Nepal’s longest and grandest, Karnali offers a captivating experience as you navigate through its stunning features, including serene jungle scenery, untouched wilderness, and exhilarating rapids that will ignite your spirit.

Karnali treats rafting enthusiasts with a breathtaking spectacle of canyons adorned with natural wonders of untouched landscapes in the west. Your journey finishes at the mesmerizing Bardia National Park, which makes Karnali river an absolute must.

Originating from the majestic Kailash Mountain in Tibet and gracefully flowing into the holy Ganges, the Karnali River immerses you in the splendor of towering gorges, magnificent rock formations, and unpredictable rapids that put your courage to the ultimate test.

Embark on a 10-day odyssey, an experience suitable for both beginners and seasoned paddlers. While some rapids may pose formidable challenges, the true thrill-seekers among you will conquer them, basking in the electrifying rush of adrenaline coursing through the waters filled with rural stories. Your journey commences with an epic drive from Kathmandu, leading you through Surkhet and Sauli.


Welcome to the exhilarating world of the Kaligandaki as we dive into the electrifying rapids, splendid landscapes, and narrow gorges of this majestic waterway. Named after the fierce goddess Kali, who represents destruction, this river promises an adventure like no other.

As you navigate the rapids, feel the breathe as the water carries you through twists and turns. The Kaligandaki River, revered as one of the holiest rivers, will not only test your rafting skills, but also treat you to unparalleled views that will take your breath away.

The stunning Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges provide a dramatic backdrop to your journey. These majestic peaks will enhance the overall excitement and add a touch of grandeur to your adventure. You can capture the beauty of nature as you conquer the rapids and explore the sandy beaches along the way.

Renowned for its deep canyons, the Kaligandaki river is also famous for its abundance of more than 50 rapids, making it an ideal destination for rafting enthusiasts. The class III and IV rapids encountered during the rafting journey will put your bravery, teamwork, and adaptability to the test, as you confront the ever-changing forces of nature.

The rafting journey commences and concludes in the vibrant city of Pokhara, just a short drive away from the enchanting Lakeside. From start to finish, the rafting along the Karnali River will immerse you in approximately 4-5 hours of water adventure.

In addition, Nepal offers a plethora of other rivers for exhilarating rafting experiences. Among them are Seti, Sun Koshi, Arun, Bheri, Marsgyandi, Tamur, and more. These remarkable waterways will immerse you in a world of vivid natural wonders.

When to Go?

The rivers are at their best just after the monsoon when the water levels surge. The best months are from October to December, closely followed by March to June. Although rafting is still possible from January to March, it’s important to take precautions due to the lower temperatures during this period. During the monsoon season, the river swells with increased water levels, posing challenges for water-based adventures. As a general rule, it is advisable to avoid rafting during this time.

Are you ready to take up a challenge to paddle, scream and embrace the sheer power and beauty of nature? Gear up. You are chasing the ultimate adventure of a lifetime. Reach out to Wild Yak Expeditions for a pulse-pounding rafting. The team here is proud to share their many years of experience adventuring across Nepal along the wild and turbulent rivers. If you are looking for holiday packages in Nepal, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Posted in Wild Yak Blog 2023

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